A Catholic friend that is new to her faith was explaining to me (I'm Protestant) that she was told to believe that Mary and Joseph were celebate, she never had sex even after Jesus was born, Jesus had no half-brothers or siblings, she was born without sin and that she never died (God just "assumed her" into heaven).
I can't find any of this anywhere in the Bible and she's interested in learning where it comes from and why her faith believes this. Can anyone help me figure it out?
Thank you! :-)
(I'm only anon because I don't want her to see my question and be embarassed).
Asked by Anonymous at 9:07 PM on Apr. 21, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
The Bible doesn't say directly one way or the other but reading the writings of the early Christians we see that they believed that she remained a virgin her whole life. For example, the Protoevangelium of James (written around A.D. 120) is about how Mary was a consecrated virgin. When she reached puberty, her monthly cycle would render her ceremonially unclean and thus unable to dwell in the temple without defiling it under the Mosaic Law. At this time, she would be entrusted to a male guardian. However, since it was forbidden for a man to live with a woman he was not married or related to, the virgin would be wed to the guardian, and they would have no marital relations. So Mary was enganged to an older widower - Joseph - and remained a virgin.
Answer by eringobrough at 10:00 PM on Apr. 21, 2009
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Answer by eringobrough at 10:22 PM on Apr. 21, 2009
The Immaculate Conception is the idea that Mary was born without original sin. Original sin is the loss of sanctifying grace. And again, Mary would not be the first person created without origional sin - Adam and Eve were too. In fact early Christians referred to Mary as the "New Eve". And when one reads the New Testiment in Light of the Old Testiment the parallels between Mary and Eve can be seen. (A table of the is here.)
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